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1. Reading about the early failures of massively successful people always inspires me. It’s an excellent lesson in persistence. Think Oprah, Michael Jordan, Tim Ferriss…

2. This video went viral a while back, but I only just discovered it. If you want to hear an amazingly authentic and intelligent woman talk about the power of vulnerability, step this way…

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I have a weird academic girl-crush on Brene Brown. I think she’s amazing – warm, genuine, intelligent, and yes, wholehearted. If you liked the above vid (or had already seen it) her follow-up Ted talk on listening to shame is well worth a viewing. I recently had to do a dumb totally interesting work presentation on resilience, and I decided that if I had to take up 30 minutes of my colleagues life, I was bloody well going to make it worthwhile. I showed Brene’s speech on vulnerability, and linked that back to resilience. I also made a helpful print-out for everyone, which you can see below. It is now pinned up on my desk to remind me, in stressful situations, to drink limoncello (and some other stuff of course. But yay for limoncello!)


3. I just discovered the writing of Oriah Mountain Dreamer. This poem is amazing, and speaks directly to my innards.

The Invitation, by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.


Images from Here we go Edinburgh + ThirtyThr33


Hello Lovers!

Welcome back to your regularly scheduled programming! This week’s Wednespiration is proudly brought to you by the letter H. Not H for ‘Hump day’, but rather, H for ‘Hells-to-the-yeah the universe gave me another Wednesday’!

Things that are turning me on this week include:

This is a Steve Jobs quote. This man keeps popping up in my life. (Ummm, I also started last week’s Wednispration post with a Steve Jobs quote, so you can see that my brain is definitely aligned in a certain way at the moment!)

A while back, when I was making my ‘vision board’ of all the things that I want to see/do/achieve in the coming year, I put two quotes at the very centre of my board. They were both those gorgeous, artistically-rendered visual depictions of quotes that you often find on Pinterest. One of them was the one I posted last week (“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition; they somehow already know what you truly want to become.”) And the other was the above quote. I did not realise at the time – in fact, for MONTHS – that they were both Steve Jobs quotes (don’t quite know how I missed it – his name is right there at the bottom of the words!)… Anyway, when I finally realised this quirk, I decided that I needed to pay attention to this odd coincidence and read more about the man for whom I apparently had such an affinity. I started reading his biography (the one by Walter Isaacson), and it is a big hunka-chunka book. I’m only about a third of the way through, but it is *fascinating*. Seriously interesting stuff. The man was a conundrum – by many accounts an enlightened visionary, by many (if not more?) a demanding (and sometimes cruel) asshole. I am loving the book, and the amazing dichotomy that is presented. I will definitely be writing more about this as I read more. But for now, the above words really speaks to me – with these two quotes front-and-centre of my vision board, it’s clear that my main focus at the moment is about finding fulfillment through my work, and trusting myself enough to follow this path…

I finished Danielle La Porte’s book The Fire Starter Sessions a few weeks back. I love this a bucket-load:

When you focus on building your natural strengths and doing what comes easiest to you, you gain a momentum in your life that feels efficient and exciting and hot. Like, sexy kind of hot, and deeply nourishing kind of hot; like your heart on fire kind of hot. The kind of hot we all want to feel. Are you with me? True strength is not necessarily about skill or adeptness. It’s about vitality. Holding this perspective changes everything, my friend. And it goes back to my root theory in life – that our actions are driven by our desire. It means that all that stuff that you may be good at but don’t really love to do, you get to dump… mostly. No more faking it to make it.
I love this lady. She speaks just the right mix of spiritual woo-woo and down-to-earth, street-corner straight-up truth. It would be fair to say that she herself lights my fire!

This is a magnificent Ted Talk. Elizabeth Gilbert – she of Eat, Pray, Love fame – talks about creativity and the Muse. About how you go about fronting up and presenting your work after you’ve just written a never-to-be-repeated, one-in-a-lifetime publishing phenomenon.  And what on earth you are meant to do when the Muse fails to show. Sometimes sitting at your writing desk is enough… and if all that spews forth is crap and rubbish, ain’t your problem: the Muse wasn’t in the House. But note: the most important part of this equation is that you yourself have to show up first!

It’s a really great video for creative-types and well worth the eighteen minutes…

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Have a super excellent Wednesday!

Images from We heart itCentsational Girl + Ory Photography

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